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Tyson Fury defends his WBC heavyweight world title and the heavyweight lineal championship against Deontay Wilder on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (ESPN+ PPV, 9 p.m. ET, with preliminary fights starting at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN+).
Fury won the title from Wilder with a seventh-round TKO victory in February 2020, the rematch of a disputed split draw back in 2018, when Fury got up from the canvas in Round 12 to finish the fight.
Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), 33, of Manchester, England, has promised another KO victory and said he will send Wilder to an early retirement.
“Wilder is a weak person mentally, and I’m going to knock him out on Saturday night,” Fury said during a news conference on Wednesday. “I obliterated him in the rematch, and I see much more of the same in the third fight.
“He’s in denial, and he’s getting knocked out. His legacy is in bits. I knocked him out, and now I’m going to retire him.”
Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs), 35, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, said the fight Saturday will be one to remember and is confident he will be on top this time around.
“I don’t have anything to prove,” Wilder said. “I’m in a great place and in a great state of mind. I have a lot of great people around me. This fight is about redemption, retaliation and retribution.
“Saturday night is going to be a different fight. It’s rare that we get trilogies like this, and I truly believe this one is going down in history.”
Also on the card, heavyweight power puncher Efe Ajagba takes on Frank Sanchez in a 10-round heavyweight battle and Jared Anderson takes on Vladimir Tereshkin in an eight-round heavyweight bout. Super middleweight Edgar Berlanga, who saw his 16-fight KO streak end back in April, returns to face Marcelo Esteban Coceres in a 10-round fight.
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Next fight: Bruce Carrington vs. Cesar Cantu, 4 rounds, featherweights
Viktor Faust def. Mike Marshall by third-round TKO
Fight recap coming up …
Still to come:
Title fight: Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder, 12 rounds, for Fury’s WBC heavyweight title
Efe Ajagba vs. Frank Sanchez, 10 rounds, heavyweights
Robert Helenius vs. Adam Kownacki, 12 rounds, heavyweights
Jared Anderson vs. Vladimir Tereshkin, 8 rounds, heavyweights
Edgar Berlanga vs. Marcelo Esteban Coceres, 10 rounds, super middleweights
Julian Williams vs. Vladimir Hernandez, 10 rounds, junior middleweights
Robeisy Ramirez vs. Orlando Gonzalez, 10 rounds, featherweights
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